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Kelso - Bellingham Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Kelso to Bellingham. The train trip from Kelso to Bellingham is usually about 5 hours and 29 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest Amtrak Cascades train can get you there in as little as 5 hours and 1 minute.

Distance181 mi (291 km)
Fastest train5h 1m
Lowest price$50.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

What is the price of a train ticket from Kelso to Bellingham?

In the last 30 days, the average cost of a train ticket from Kelso to Bellingham was $63.67. You have the best chances of scoring the cheapest ticket to Bellingham if you book your train tickets at least 9 days in advance. Waiting to purchase until the day of your trip could end up costing you an extra $6.12.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Kelso to Bellingham, with the average price at just $44. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in July, when the average price goes up to $75. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

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By booking your train trip from Kelso to Bellingham on Wanderu at least 9 days ahead of time, you can save about $6.12 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Kelso to Bellingham?

2 train services operate from Kelso to Bellingham. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 2 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak25h 40m$65.92
Amtrak Cascades15h 2m$82.80
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Kelso to Bellingham every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $50.

  • The Cascades is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak that runs between Vancouver, BC and Eugene, OR. Not only is the Cascades one of Amtrak's most scenic train routes, the trains also offer free WiFi, power outlets, reclining seats, and refreshments available for purchase. There are an average of 1 trips on the Amtrak Cascades from Kelso to Bellingham, and the average train ticket costs .

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Kelso to Bellingham. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

The distance between Kelso and Bellingham is approximately 181 miles, or 291 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 1 minute.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Kelso to Bellingham on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Kelso at 7:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Kelso twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to Bellingham faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Bellingham to Kelso.

City Information

Bellingham

Bellingham, WA, US - BLH-0

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Bellingham is a scenic coastal city nestled between Mount Baker and the Puget Sound in Washington State. Its waterfront port is the launch point for fishing trips, leisure boating, and cruises to Alaska — a convenient starting point, since the city is only 25 miles south of the Canadian border. Sprawling Whatcom Falls Park showcases the best of the Northwest's natural forested beauty, one of the features that make Bellingham a top Washington destination. Plus, it's only a short drive to the #1 most instagrammable National Park, North Cascades National Park.

Kiddos will light up when they visit the SPARK Museum of Electrical Inventions, home to hands-on science exhibits and live demonstrations. If you're traveling without kids, prepare to hit up Bellingham's brewery scene. Bars, wineries, cideries, and more fine establishments offer quality drinks at prices that still lure students from local Western Washington University. Find some of the best restaurants and shops in the Fairhaven Historic District, distinctive for its Victorian architecture and views over Bellingham Bay.

FlixBus, Quick Shuttle, and Amtrak Thruway buses connect Bellingham to major cities in the Northwest like Seattle. Ambitious travelers can even travel to Bellingham by bus from Minneapolis! Bellingham's proximity to Canada makes it easy to travel to Vancouver, BC via bus or train on the Amtrak Cascades. Several airlines fly into Bellingham International Airport, but Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is only about 2 hours away if you need to catch a flight to farther destinations.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Kelso?

Main departure station: 501 S First Ave

There is one train station in Kelso.

All train stations in Kelso:

  • 501 S First Ave

Where is the train station in Bellingham?

Main arrival station: 401 Harris Ave

Bellingham has one train station.

All train stations in Bellingham:

  • 401 Harris Ave

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